Reviews for Granada city

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We love Granada and all it's historic sights.

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Granada

The cultural city of Granada is situated in the eastern region of Andalucia, in the province of the same name. Its characterised by it scenic diversity, architectural beauty and a rich and distinguished history that exudes from the city.

If you are staying in or visiting the Granada be prepared to fall in love with the city. No one leaves unaffected by the magnificence of the Alhambra Palace, the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, or bohemian atmosphere.

History
The Moorish occupation of Granada literally shaped the city; when they crossed the strait and settled in the then small town, they laid the foundations of what is now one of the most
visited cities in Spain.

During the 9th century Granada became an extremely important city, which came after the fall
of the Caliphate of Cordoba. After which in the 12th century Mohammed ben Nasar founded the Nasrid dynasty and the kingdom of Granada
occupied the regions between Murcia to Gibraltar.

Granada was the last Moorish stronghold to fall to the Christian invaders at the end of the 15th century and it still retains many vestiges of its Arab heritage, both in its customs and in its architecture, especially in its royal palace, La Alhambra.

About town
Although the town’s origins date back to the Ibero-Celtic era, most of the city as we know it today was created during the Moorish occupation of the region, when the city became an
independent state and spread out across the river Darro and created the neighbourhood of the Albaicin, which in itself is a world heritage site.

The Albaicin stands on a hill facing the Alhambra, and could be referred to as a Medina, or Kasbah. The neighbourhood is a wonderful maze of narrow streets and alleys, with its whitewashed houses and hidden inner gardens and courts. Reaching the top of the Albaicin, you come to the Plaza de San Nicolas, where you can enjoy a magnificent view to the Alhambra Palace.

Towards the north of the city, is the neighbourhood of Sacromonte Hill, which is famous for its cave dwellings, which are still inhabitated. This was once the home to Granada’s
gypsy community and many famous Flamenco musicians and dancers have grown up in this passionate and earthly neighbourhood.

The enjoyment of exploring the streets of Granada is immense; take in the aroma and the enchantment of the winding streets and impressive monuments and buildings that give an idea of its history and culture.

The Alhambra Palace
Of course the jewel in the crown of Granada is the architecturally magnificent Alhambra Palace, one of the biggest attractions in Spain as a whole, and one of the most revered examples of Islamic architecture in the world, it is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Alhambra consists of a series of palaces and gardens, which were built in the 14th century for the Moorish Nazari dynasty. From the entrance of the Puertas de Granadas, to the Generalife summer palace, Court of the Lions, the Sala de los
Abencerrajes, and the later Spanish renaissance Palace of Charles V. A visit to the Alhambra Palace is something that everyone has to do in their lifetime. You will come away enchanted.

Natural surroundings

The landscape is diverse and dramatic, from the coastal region of the Costa Tropical, with its warm climate and delightful, laid-back fishing villages and wonderful beaches, to fertile Genil plain, to the mountainous region of the Sierra Nevada with its colder climate, and where the 3,481 metre Mulhacén soars up to the skyline, its the biggest peak on the peninsula of Spain.

The ski station in the Sierra Nevada, just to the south of Granada, is open for six months of the year and from the seaside resort of Gualchos it is quite easy to swim in the Mediterranean and ski in the Sierra Nevada on the same day.

Outdoor pursuits

There is a wealth of outdoor activities available in the province of Granada, such as hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding and canoeing (in the summer)., but compared to the villages in warmer climates, costs are higher.

Cuisine

The cuisine of Granada definitely reflects its Arab influence, which you will note in the spices, fresh produce and some of the delicious desserts typical of the region.

Rustic stews, such as the Olla de San Antón warm up the often cold, snowy winters of the city and
province. Other specialities include Papas al pobre (poor potatoes), Tortilla Sacramonte, a vegetable mix tortilla, and from the coastal region comes a
wealth of seafood dishes.

Climate
Granada is situated 680 metres above sea level and set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, for this reason, Granada’s climate is slightly cooler than the rest of Southern Spain. Winters can be snowy and cold and the summer can get very hot in the city.

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Reviews for Granada city

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We love Granada and all it's historic sights.


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The coast is a short drive and well worth the trip.
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Granada is a gentle place and relaxed place. It is predominately on the flat so one can walk from one side to the other side of the city in half an hour. The city is packed full of history, shopping and lovely people from all over the world.


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I never visited the Costa Tropical so therefore I cannot rate it
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Granada is very interesting spanish city with rich history and traditions. Must when in Andalusia.


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Costa Tropical in September produces the tastiest Mangoes I ever had.
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We loved Granada, especially the Alhambra.


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Wonderful area.
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Granada is a wonderful city, that helps you to breathe the joy of living with each breath! Great food, wonderful people and amazing history at every turn of a corner! I can not wait to return!


Costa Tropical reviews

Gorgeous! Day trip to Nerja was well worth it and I am just sorry we did not get to Almeria - next time for sure!
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A city that first-timers to Spain MUST visit...history, vistas, food, art, flamenco, it's a great place.
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beautiful


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great
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This beautiful city is for you to walk, not to drive (don`t bring your car! The trafic is really difficult). On foot, you can discover lots of nice hidden places.


Costa Tropical reviews

It is worth travelling from Granada; the "chiringuitos" (typical restaurants on the beach) at La Herradura are lovely. Don't miss Marina del Este Harbour, next to La Herradura.
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Loved Granada, I wish I had planned a longer stay. Lots of historic sites, lots of natural beauty. Really great vibe and not too populated.
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One of the most beautiful city in Spain
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The Alhambra is amazing and well worth a visit. The albayzin was lovely, although the streets are very narrow and winding to wander in in the heat. It is a busy city.
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Great city, lots to do including a tour of the Nasrid Palace in the evening. The Alhambra is wonderful as is the old town. Shopping is great too.


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N/A - didn't visit
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Granada is a beautiful city filled with history and charm - and free tapas!
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A city with a great culture variety and possibilities for cultural and historical experiences.
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Fantastic city so much to see.
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Granada was a pleasant surprise, a beautiful and clean city with extremely friendly people. From the owner of the townhouse where we stayed to the waiters and waitresses at every place we ate, they were friendly and helpful. The Alhambra lived up to it's reputation and we were so happy to have made the trip to see it and enjoy this charming city.
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Lovely, pittoresque and charming.


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Not by the coast.
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Absolutely beautiful place with so much to go and see, particularly with the snow covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. Lots of wonderful places to go and eat and everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday. Something for everyone. The Alhambra Palace and taking in a Flamenco show are an absolute must. Best places to eat tend to be in the Albaicin and along the river that runs at the foot of the Alhambra itself. Visit the small archaeological museum just off the Plaza Neuva it's a real gem. Looking forward to returning, it's a very special place.


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It's home for me as I have family in Andalucia. It's a real mixed bag of history and culture, with each place along the coast and inland having it's own take on what it is to be Andalucian. The food is to die for, you will not get better! Then there is the immensley stunning scenery that is simply breathtaking in many places. It's an experience that tantalises all the senses, from the food, to the weather, to the scenery, the culture, the millenia of history, the people, and well just pretty much everything!
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They say Seville is a friendly city ... if so, Granada is friendlier still!
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